Auburn lost its first game on the season at home vs. Arkansas Friday night, as the Tigers failed to capitalize on a plethora of opportunities in front of the goal in a 2-0 loss to the Razorbacks.
Arkansas would find a way to strike first on a muffed corner by Auburn goalie Sarah LeBeau The easy opportunity was put away by Arkansas' Jessi Hartzler to give the away team a 1-0 advantage.
The game from that point on was a counterattacking affair which saw a tally of 24 shots by both teams. Auburn recorded 14 shots, but the Tigers only managed to get two on frame.
The lively, attacking play from Bri Folds and Kristen Dodson, who combined for six shots, was not enough for Auburn as the team was stymied on offense due to the stout, opportunistic defense by the Hogs.
The Razorbacks were able to make quick work of the Tigers defense front through physical, counterattacking play that put Auburn on its heels. This aggressive play would pay off in the second half as Arkansas would record another tally on the scoreboard.
A miscue by the Auburn defense allowed Taylor Malham to play a through ball that found the feet of Stefani Doyle who finished the chance to give Arkansas a 2-0 advantage. Auburn chased the game from that point on, but team was unable notch anything on the scoreboard.
"The good thing is both of those goals came from our mistakes," Auburn head coach Karen Hoppa said. "So we can certainly do something about that.”
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Auburn heads to Tuscaloosa on Sunday to face off with the Crimson Tide. The team looks to improve on a spotty road record as they head down the final stretch of conference play before the SEC Tournament in Orange Beach, Alabama.
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